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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 26, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press.

New Learning - Elements of a Science of Education

New Learning
Elements of a Science of Education
In the second edition of New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, renowned authors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope explore the contemporary debates and challenges in education...

Fully revised and updated, the second edition and its companion website include greater coverage of educational psychology and cognitive science perspectives, the use of assessment in education and curriculum developments around the world. New Learning, Second Edition is an inspiring and comprehensive resource for pre-service and in-service teachers alike.
  • Brings concepts and theories to life with exciting and real-world examples
  • Gives students access to cutting edge online tools offered through
  • Raises the intellectual tenor of the discipline of Education with reference to big-picture ideas and important thinkers

The Cambridge Ancient History - Plates to Volumes VII, Part 2 and VIII

The Cambridge Ancient History
The Cambridge Ancient History is the most authoritative history of the ancient world...

All aspects of material culture are considered, with a particular focus on the development of coinage, as well as monumental building, the archaeology of naval and land warfare and the fascinating mixtures of languages and scripts represented in epigraphy. This will become a standard reference work for the period.
  • Accompanies the text Volumes 7 (Part 2) and 8 of the most authoritative history of the ancient world
  • Highly valuable resource for research and teaching
  • Authoritative selection of illustrations, accompanied by substantial captions and introductory essays, by a team of leading experts

Philosophy of Mathematics - Selected Readings 

Philosophy of Mathematics
Selected Readings
The twentieth century has witnessed an unprecedented 'crisis in the foundations of mathematics', featuring a world-famous paradox (Russell's Paradox), a challenge to 'classical' mathematics from a world-famous mathematician (the 'mathematical intuitionism' of Brouwer), a new foundational school (Hilbert's Formalism), and the profound incompleteness results of Kurt Gödel...

It is a substantially revised version of the edition first published in 1964 and includes a revised bibliography. The volume will be welcomed as a major work of reference at this level in the field.
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Kant's Philosophy of Mathematics - The Critical Philosophy and Its Roots

Kant's Philosophy of Mathematics
The Critical Philosophy and Its Roots
The late 1960s saw the emergence of new philosophical interest in Kant's philosophy of mathematics, and since then this interest has developed into a major and dynamic field of study...

The volume will be important for readers seeking a comprehensive picture of the current scholarship about the development of Kant's philosophy of mathematics, its place in his overall philosophy, and the Kantian themes that influenced mathematics and its philosophy after Kant.
  • Engages with a lively and emerging field which will connect Kantian studies with mathematical philosophy in innovative ways
  • Brings together authors from different schools of thought to provide readers with a full spectrum of contemporary approaches to Kant's philosophy of mathematics
  • Explores how Kant's mathematical thought developed over time, with chapters organised thematically to aid readers' navigation of the issues

A Concise History of Mathematics for Philosophers 

A Concise History of  
Mathematics for Philosophers
This Element aims to present an outline of mathematics and its history, with particular emphasis on events that shook up its philosophy...

These themes have evolved under the influence of new mathematical discoveries and the story of their evolution is, to a large extent, the story of philosophy of mathematics.
Read more... 
Human Intelligence - An Introduction 

Human Intelligence
An Introduction
Human Intelligence is the most comprehensive, current, and readable textbook available today. Written by leading experts in the field, the text includes IQ-test-based, biological, cognitive, cultural, and systems-based perspectives...

Each chapter also includes a 'Focus on Contemporary Research' box that describes in vivid detail the chapter author's current research. A rich program of tables, figures, photos, and samples from research tools throughout help students understand the material in a concrete way.
  • Written by the top psychologists studying human intelligence today, to offer the most up-to-date review of the field and its scholarship
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to human intelligence from a variety of perspectives
  • Research-based, with clear explanations of how the research has contributed to a fuller understanding of human intelligence over time

Read 📚books and drink ☕️coffee! 

Source: Cambridge University Press

‘I Was Done With All the Silences’: How an Academic Got Personal in ‘Notes to Self’ | Books - The New York Times

John Williams, The New York Times writes, Reviewing Emilie Pine’s “Notes to Self” in The Irish Times, Martina Evans wrote: “It’s the kind of book you want to give to everyone, especially young women and men, so that we can learn together to take ourselves and each other more seriously.”

“I wrote it quickly, over the course of a year. Or you could say it took me 40 years to write it,” said Emilie Pine of her new book “Notes to Self.”
Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times

A lot of readers must have taken her advice, because the essay collection became the No. 1 best-selling book in Ireland, where Pine is an associate professor of modern drama at University College Dublin. Pine had written academic books before, but the subject matter and the perspective in “Notes to Self” were a radical departure. She writes in these six essays about the effect of her father’s alcoholism on her family, her unsuccessful attempts to have a baby, menstruation, body image and sexual violence. Her tone is both frank and measured, confessional and confidently self-contained. Below, Pine talks about the “volcanic pressure” she felt to write these things, her surprising connections with readers and more...

Persuade someone to read “Notes to Self” in 50 words or less.
I was done with all the silences around women’s lives and bodies, so I wrote the book that I wanted — that I needed — to read. It was my way of processing, and possessing, the hardest parts of my life; it was my way of making something joyful out of pain.

Book Talk: Boldly go & reach for the stars with books that celebrate Apollo 11 | Entertainment - Denton Record Chronicle

I was a college student in Florida in 1962 when John Glenn’s historic flight took place, says Jean Greenlaw, specialist in literature and has been a reviewer for decades. 

Screenshot: NEON/YouTube

Half of the student body broke university rules and took off for the beach late the night before to watch the gorgeous liftoff the next morning at Cape Canaveral. I have been hooked on space ever since. July is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and walk on the moon, so this column celebrates that amazing feat...

You will find these books and more at the Denton Public Library. The local Barnes & Noble Booksellers has created a display of these books, so if you are like me and actually buy books, swing by and check them out.

Source: Denton Record Chronicle

Dundalk bookshop leading the fightback amid the digital gloom | Dundalk Democrat

Tom Muckian is beavering away in the back office at Roe River Books on Park Street in the heart of Dundalk’s town centre, reports David Lynch, Managing Editor, Dundalk Democrat.

Photo: Roe River Books
It’s a rain-flecked, but sunny, Thursday afternoon. He’s busy putting together important school books orders.

Although the term is just finished, it is among the busiest times of the year right now, ahead of the start of the new school term in September.

Tom appears from the back of the shop, with glasses perched on top of his head, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans - for all the world looking like one of those tech start-up types - heaven forbid! He admits, though, that school books keep the doors open to a large extent.

The store was, in a previous life, home to a video/DVD rental shop called Planet. Now it has floor-to -ceiling shelves lined with books. While the DVD and video market has gone the way of the dinosaurs, the fortunes of book shops have, if not improved, at least stoically held fast as the digital age dawned...

By his own reckoning, Tom believes it was book shops that took the first hit when the online retail boom kicked-off in the early-2000s - the impact was huge and the industry struggled to stabilise. There were casualties. However, as the reach of the retail digital monster increased, all other sectors on the high street have fallen in due course. But, the way Tom sees it, book shops learned early and have managed to hold on to their diminished niche admirably as the onslaught continues.
Read more... 

Source: Dundalk Democrat

12 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

From Sarajevo to New York to Damascus to San Francisco, cities are prominent among this week’s recommended titles: their architecture, their landmarks, their roiling energy and occasional descents into chaos or lawlessness. The real estate journalist Julie Satow delivers a portrait of New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel, once owned by Donald Trump and forever ruled by the fictional Eloise. In twin memoirs, the novelist Aleksandar Hemon (now a Chicagoan) looks back on his childhood in 1970s Sarajevo, before that city was irrevocably altered by war. In “The White Devil’s Daughters,” Julia Flynn Siler offers a history of San Francisco’s Chinatown and the heroic struggle to banish sexual slavery there. And in “Assad or We Burn the Country,” the foreign correspondent Sam Dagher writes about his time in Damascus and the damage the Assad regime has unleashed on Syria.

We also suggest a couple of newly translated novels by the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg, along with a surreal story collection by Karen Russell and comic novels by Leah Hager Cohen (about a wedding in upstate New York) and Randy Boyagoda (about a college professor turned suicide bomber). Fans of Kate Atkinson’s crime novels probably know that she has a new Jackson Brodie mystery out, but the rest of you should check it out too. Finally, Nigel Hamilton completes his trilogy of biographies about Franklin Roosevelt as a wartime president, and Douglas Brinkley retraces the path to Apollo 11 just in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Source: New York Times  

What We’re Reading This Summer | Books - The Atlantic

Check out these books below by The Atlantic Culture Desk.

Photo: Naomi Elliott
Atlantic staffers pick 14 books to spend time with this season, including Freshwater, Republic of Spin, Killing and Dying, and more.

Source: The Atlantic

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Achieving excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education | Education - Open Access Government

Here, we examine the mission of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Education and Human Resources to achieve excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education by Open Access Government.

Photo: Open Access Government

Within the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR) has a clear mission for excellence to be achieved when it comes to supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. The notion here is that this aim applies at all levels and in all settings so that the development of a well-prepared and diverse workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators are supported.

The goals of EHR can be summarised as follows:
  1. To get the next generation of STEM professionals ready and to retain and more Americans for careers in STEM.
  2. To encourage a robust research community that can undertake a rigorous evaluation and research that support excellence in STEM education.
  3. To increase the scientific, technological and quantitative literacy of everybody in the U.S to help them be responsible citizens and live productive lives in today’s technological world.
  4. To broaden participation and close achievement gaps in all STEM fields.
Capacity-building strategies of EHR include facilitating the translation of research into practice and creating supportive learning environments and STEM pathways by developing models of reform/systemic change at both institutional and multi-institutional levels through partnerships, networking, alliances and collaborations.1...

Closing remarks 
The aforementioned examples of news from the STEM field take us back to the earlier point about the mission of the NSF achieve nothing but excellence when it comes to supporting STEM education in the U.S.

Source: Open Access Government

What a PhD is and what it is not | Columns - Lusaka Times

Dr. Masauso Chirwa explains, After having completed a PhD degree myself, and having supervised and co-supervised a number of PhD students, I would like to offer some humble advice and pointers to those aspiring to pursue a PhD degree. 
I find that many people misunderstand the purpose of getting a PhD degree and the commitments and sacrifices that it calls for. A PhD is the highest academic and research degree from a university. I have seen both remarkable successes and disappointing failures amongst students pursuing this academic accolade. It takes more than just brain power to complete a PhD.

A degree by research is very different from a degree by coursework. A degree whether at the undergraduate or masters level is heavily structured. Students just have to be disciplined and rigorous in following this predetermined structure regimentally, without much creativity required of them. Of course, creativity is demanded from the student in completing assignments and projects but the demand is nothing close to what is required for a PhD degree be it PhD by coursework or PhD by research only.

The most important prerequisites for pursuing a successful PhD programme are passion, inquisitiveness, creativity, discipline, persistence, perseverance and meticulousness (or attention to detail). I did not mention intelligence not because it is not important, but because it is less important than the other attributes I have mentioned. Others may have different views...

So what does it mean when you have a Dr. before your name? Does it mean that you are an expert on a certain subject matter? Hardly so. It means that you are both a seeker as well as a generator of knowledge. It means that you have enriched the world and added on to the vast body of knowledge through your PhD contribution. The world has become a slightly better place from the knowledge that you have contributed through your PhD thesis, discoveries and publications. Your work get referred and cited by other researchers in your field, as they absorb your new knowledge to generate new discoveries and knowledge of their own.

Source: Lusaka Times

Teaching-Focused Philosophy PhD Programs | Philosophy - Daily Nous

Which philosophy PhD programs focus on training students to teach and getting them placed into permanent teaching-oriented jobs (with some success)? inform Justin Weinberg, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of South Carolina and creator and editor of Daily Nous, a philosophy news website. 

Photo: Philippe Baudelocque, “Universe”

If you’re aware of departments that are particularly teaching-focused, or have a teaching-focused option, let us know about them.
Read more... 

Source: Daily Nous

Friday, June 28, 2019

Arlington provides programs to keep students engaged in learning this summer | Life - Marysville Globe

Classes are done for the year, but Arlington Public Schools offers two summer learning opportunities for students at no cost to families, continues Marysville Globe.

Students in Arlington can learn this summer.
Photo: courtesy
The Mathmobile will be running again this year and will be staffed with three certificated teachers and three paraeducators who will provide play-based math instruction to participants...

The Books on the Bus is back for the fifth summer. Students can check out books, read with an adult and engage in fun reading games. Books on the Bus runs on Wednesdays from June 26 to Aug. 14.

Source: Marysville Globe

Where Does The Young Indian Of The 21st Century Stand In The Age Of Digitisation? | Education - Youth Ki Awaaz

The world seems to be at the tip of our fingers nowadays, as Youth Ki Awaaz reports. 

Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr.
There is no doubt that the young generation of 21st century India is moving ahead of its time with the inception of the digital age. While there are folks who consider the rise of the digital world to be a boon for the youth, there are still many who consider the life of the older times to be much better than the present. While there are several questions being raised in front of young India about their potential, there are both positive and negative aspects which will determine the country’s face in the near future.

As we know that India is the fastest growing country, there are two inter-related factors which play a major role in developing the backbone of the upcoming generation, i.e. education and employment. One cannot deny the fact of the rapid growth rate of education but unemployment is still a matter of contention since the last few decades. When we come across education, both people and the government are very concerned about achieving higher literacy rate. We can find graduates in every house now but to find a Class 10 pass back in the days was quite a hectic job. As the number of schools and higher education institutions tends to rise up at a fast pace, so does the competition between the students...

With the advent of digitalisation, new horizons have been created upon the minds of the young generation in terms of education as well as employment. The process of e-learning has been adopted as a new form of studying not only by college students but also by young kids. The ability to reach anywhere at any time using a single device has literally transformed the outlook of the youth. There was a time when young adults could not take a single step without the consent of their elders but now even children are at par with their parents’ updates. Accessibility to the internet has not only widened the options of learning but also opened doors to earning. Entrepreneurship is the contemporary face of new-age development.

Source: Youth Ki Awaaz

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Debut Novel Plays With 17th-Century Science, Philosophy And More | Literature - 90.5 WESA

Names like Gottfried Leibniz and Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II are not exactly trending at the moment, says Bill O'Driscoll, Arts & Culture Reporter.

The Organs of Sense: A Novel
So what possesses a young writer to build his debut novel around these real-life 17th-century personages, as inserted into a darkly comic, rhetoric-filled narrative about philosophy, astronomy, madness and art?

Ask Adam Ehrlich Sachs. The Pittsburgh-based author is getting national press for “The Organs of Sense" –from publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux – which purports to be famed German philosopher Leibniz’s account of his youthful 1666 journey to meet an aged, eyeless astronomer who has predicted a solar eclipse. But most of the novel is devoted to that fictional astronomer’s account of his own story, set in 1599, of pursuing his research in Rudolf’s dysfunctional court.
“I was going for topicality,” quipped Sachs.

The novel has its roots in Sachs’ doctoral studies at Harvard, in the history of science...

Leibniz, said Sachs, was “the great rationalist” of the time, positioning himself against thinkers like Descartes, who argued we couldn’t know anything outside of our own minds, and Spinoza, who questioned free will.
“Leibniz’s whole philosophy, in a sense, is to try to defend those things, those common-sense ideas,” he said.

Source: 90.5 WESA

Famous Mathematicians & Their Contributions | List of Famous Mathematicians - Famous Mathematicians

These words said by a famous mathematician Bertrand Russell beautifully define mathematics as not just an inflexible application of rubrics to pointless symbols but something much more creative and an art in itself by Famous Mathematicians, Biography and Works of Great Mathematicians.

Photo: Famous Mathematicians

Just like the work of a painter, who makes out patterns with his paints, a mathematician works with nothing but his ideas and his ideas similar to a painter’s strokes must be beautiful. Only then can he produce a work that can be called profoundly significant and creative. 
Mathematics is often defined as a study of pattern and so it is.

So what did all these great mathematicians of the world have in common? Are they born geniuses or did they realize the existence of theorems and other mathematical discoveries in their journey of life? There are two schools of thoughts that answer this question.
Read more... 

Source: Famous Mathematicians

The History of Philosophy by AC Grayling, review: all the way from Aristotle to Zeno | Book reviews -

To write a history of philosophy is as thankless a task as cleaning a house by Jane O'Grady, The Telegraph.

Vatican fresco The School of Athens, 1509-1511, by Raphael
Photo: Getty Images
However thorough the cleaner (or author) has been, what will be commented on is the patch of dust they have missed. And whereas what counts as dirt is fairly obvious, what counts as philosophy is itself a philosophical problem.  A history of science can discuss past scientific concepts either as mistaken attempts to fill explanatory gaps (phlogiston, caloric, the ether) or as place-markers that have been subsequently given content (genes, heat, electricity); as superseded stages on a journey, or fads that are now abandoned.

In philosophy, however, ideas now current make little sense without understanding their origins, these being not only the clue to their meaning, but, usually, concepts that must be freshly reinterpreted themselves. A history of philosophy, therefore, is not so much a charting of that discipline’s past as a reliving and rethinking of it. Dead philosophers need to be discussed as if they were still talking to us, perennial speakers in an ongoing conversation. Yet they must also be treated as products of their own particular eras if anachronism is to be avoided.

The philosopher A C Grayling carries off this unwieldy project with wit and grace, deftly juggling its contradictory problems. Inevitably there will be nit-pickers who enumerate the philosophers and parts of philosophy that he has neglected in his history, or complain that it predictably begins with the ancient Greek Thales in about 600BC (Grayling happily admits he is telling the “orthodox story”)...

From Descartes in the 17th century, distinguishing the mind from anything that occupies space, we glide easily to what that distinction, and its accruing problems, later became – the tantalising mind-body problem – and the ways in which subsequent philosophers have tackled it.  We see Hobbes as a Royalist who fled the republican aftermath of the English Civil War, and who defended absolute monarchy by declaring “self-contradictory” those citizens who rebelled against protective tyranny when they had deliberately sacrificed certain freedoms so as to gain it...
Read more... 

Recommended Reading

The History of Philosophy

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Best of for AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning – May 2019 | insideBIGDATA

In this recurring monthly feature, we filter recent research papers appearing on the preprint server for compelling subjects relating to AI, machine learning and deep learning – from disciplines including statistics, mathematics and computer science – and provide you with a useful “best of” list for the past month.

Researchers from all over the world contribute to this repository as a prelude to the peer review process for publication in traditional journals. arXiv contains a veritable treasure trove of learning methods you may use one day in the solution of data science problems. We hope to save you some time by picking out articles that represent the most promise for the typical data scientist. The articles listed below represent a fraction of all articles appearing on the preprint server. They are listed in no particular order with a link to each paper along with a brief overview. Especially relevant articles are marked with a “thumbs up” icon. Consider that these are academic research papers, typically geared toward graduate students, post docs, and seasoned professionals. They generally contain a high degree of mathematics so be prepared.

Enjoy and take a cup of ☕️coffee! 

Source: insideBIGDATA    

Free digital course targets aspiring animators | Career Moves - ITWeb

Dieketseng Montsi, ITWeb senior news journalist notes, In an attempt to hone learners’ digital storytelling skills, Triggerfish has partnered with Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to launch the Triggerfish Academy, a free digital learning platform.

Photo: ITWeb
Triggerfish is a Cape Town-based film and entertainment company, which says it has produced two of the top five highest-grossing South African feature films: Adventures in Zambezia (2012) and Khumba (2013).

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany's cultural institute, which provides information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life.

The collaborative initiative will teach participants animation techniques...

Another partnership was launched last week for animators, where the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinctcollaborated with French-based school, Gobelins, to teach visual development skills in animation to prospective animators.

Source: ITWeb

Bringing "small" teaching into the online classroom | Digital Learning - Inside Higher Ed

Author of new book, by Flower Darby, eLearning professional, explains how she has adapted James Lang's principles for the virtual classroom, to help online instructors produce better learning.

Small Teaching Online:  
Applying Learning Science in Online Classes
In the three years since it was published, James Lang's Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning has been widely recognized as an essential resource about effective teaching and learning. The book has helped to make Lang, a professor of English and director of the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, a highly sought expert on using learning science to update teaching practices for today's environment.

But the book, Lang is the first to admit, had little to say about teaching in a digital environment, as growing numbers of instructors do. That's because Lang himself hasn't taught online.

That struck Flower Darby as an opportunity. When Lang spoke at Northern Arizona University, where Darby is a senior instructional designer (she also teaches online there as well as at Estrella Mountain Community College), the two connected (we'll let her tell the story below). The result is Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (Jossey-Bass), written by Darby with insights from Lang.

Darby answered questions about her book via email.

5 Reasons Why Online Learning Trumps A Traditional Classroom Setting | Community - Thrive Global

Sarah Muwombi, freelance writer says, Why online learning is more effective.

Photo: Thrive Global
When you think of online learning, your mind probably runs wild with exciting thoughts and ideas. For me, it’s all about the freedom of enjoying my classes from my home, and according to my schedule. During my study time, I’ll be outside my house sitting on a hammock with a Lewis Road-Chocolate Milk in hand and my computer on my lap.

I would have preferred a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but I’m a mum with children running around the house, so if anything I need to be alert. With a couple of different tasks to juggle in a day, I need the flexibility and freedom to study and be present when my kids need me...

I don’t want you to watch from the sidelines, so today I’ll share with you a few secrets on why you should join the online learning bandwagon.

Source: Thrive Global

Threesixty partners with e-learning provider for 'suite' of courses | Your profession -

First module launched today by Sophie King, Reporter at Professional Adviser.

"The demand for good-quality financial advice continues to grow and, with it, so does the need for relevant, high-quality training and development"
Photo: Threesixty's Russel Facer
The support service provider's 'Anti-Money Laundering' module, which was the first to be released, is already available to Threesixty clients.

The firm said more modules were set to be released over the next few months, covering topics such as the Senior Managers & Certification Regime, data protection, human resources, and maintaining and developing a successful business...

"This new relationship further enhances our learning and development provision to clients, giving them access to high-quality development support in key areas of their business in the comfort of their own homes and offices."


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What Everyone Should Know About About Managing Gen Z | Wisdom - Thrive Global

Here's how to get the best out of a generation with strikingly different expectations and motivations than any generation before it, according to Stephanie Fairyington, contributing writer at Thrive Global. 

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Carrie Viohl, the co-owner of The Square, a restaurant in Moultrie, Georgia, manages a team of Gen Zers (those born between 1997 and 2012, the oldest of whom are just entering the workforce). But she wasn’t optimistic about hiring them at first. “Restaurant life is hard. It’s demanding work. We went through hundreds of employees in the first year of the restaurant — people would show up and not even finish their shift,” she tells Thrive Global. Initially, she believed the worst stereotypes about Gen Z, including a greater propensity to ghost employers, and wouldn’t consider bringing them aboard. “I thought they’d be even worse than the people we’d been hiring,” she says. But when she finally did, she realized some facts she hasn’t foreseen.

Some of the emerging criticisms hurled at Gen Z  — they’re non-resilient, extremely anxious, addicted to screens, perpetually stressed, and hyper-sensitive — are, in fact, supported by several studies, books, surveys and news reports, including Thrive Global’s own Thrive on Campus, which investigated the complicated reasons college students today are suffering the highest rates of anxiety and depression in history — so much so their school’s mental health facilities can’t accommodate their needs. As Gen Z enters the workforce, employers are scrambling to address their mental health needs, which cost the global economy $1 trillion annually, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, the quest to create a culture sensitive to their vulnerabilities so resonated with employers that a Wall Street Journal article on the topic, “The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work,” went viral earlier this year...

Generation Z Leads:
A Guide for Developing the
Leadership Capacity of
Generation Z Students
Roberta Katz, Ph.D., a researcher at Stanford University who studies Gen Z and is co-authoring a book on them, explains why their quest for meaning and purpose outweighs other considerations. “This group, from a very early age, was being exposed to a lot of human suffering,” she tells Thrive. Having grown up amid chronic mass shootings, two wars, the Great Recession and an inescapable and disturbing 24/7 news cycles has made them acutely aware of the precariousness of life, and may give them an urgency to make each moment count, she says. “Their desire to make a difference may also stem from witnessing the complex problems facing society today through the overwhelming amount of news and information they are exposed to, and wanting to help solve those problems,” Corey Seemiller, the co-author of Generation Z Leads: A Guide for Developing the Leadership Capacity of Generation Z Students, told Thrive.  

Source: Thrive Global

How E-learning Could Help You in a Career Change | E-learning - Entrepreneur

This is how e-learning allows you to learn and implement new skills on online projects at affordable prices and from the comfort of your homes by Sarvesh Agrawal, Founder & CEO at Internshala. 

In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions.

A career change in the modern world has completely transformed the concept of sticking with one job throughout your life. Career change isn’t simple though; imagine securing a degree in commerce, staying employed for more than 3 years in the same field, and then planning to take up something technical! Earlier, unless you had a time machine, it wouldn’t have been possible to change your stream after class 10th. Fortunately, now with the advent of e-learning and a shift in hiring requirements, skills are given more importance than a degree...

Role of E-learning in a Career Change
Career change comes with multiple complications. It might require you to upgrade your skills or learn new ones while you are already juggling with your personal life and current job. In such case,  when enrolling in a full-time course is not possible along with handling multiple responsibilities, online learning comes to your aid. Forbes, in one of their articles, mentioned that as per a report by Brandon Hall Group, learning online consumes 40per cent to 60per cent less time than learning the same thing in a traditional classroom.

Source: Entrepreneur

The Beauty in Numbers, and the Numbers in Beauty | Neuroscience, brain science - Psychology Today

Oscar Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Wellesley College and the Faculty Director of the College’s Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center explains, How mathematics helps us explain beauty.

Fibonacci number.
The golden rectangle (left) and golden spiral (right).
Source: Wikipedia: Fibonacci number

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." What if the beholder is a mathematician? How do these creatures see beauty differently than others? Are there patterns to beauty? And if so, are they mathematical patterns?

Let me whisk you away on a short adventure that answers these questions and leaves you, at its conclusion, seeing beauty as some mathematicians do...

While there are many exceptions to the math-beauty connection I've highlighted, as I hope you now better appreciate, mathematics and beauty are often interlinked, and I hope this article has given you a new lens with which to view your surroundings and find the hidden beauty in it.

Indeed, the next time you see something beautiful I encourage you to ask, "Why do I find this beautiful?" You'll be starting to think like a mathematician—whose fundamental drive is to find and explain patterns—and I'm willing to bet the answer to your question will involve some beautiful mathematics.

Source: Psychology Today

The 46 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning suggest, Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning

And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 46 new courses covering everything from graphic design to collaborative leadership to an intro to virtual reality filmmaking.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:

Additional resources  
Want to see what else we offer?
View all of LinkedIn Learning's 14,000+ courses today.

LinkedIn Learning 

Education Statistics: Facts About American Schools | Statistics - Education Week

This page will be updated when new federal data becomes available.

How many K-12 public schools, districts, and students are there? What does the American student population look like? And how much are we, as a nation, spending on the education of these youth? by Maya Riser-Kositsky, librarian for Education Week. 

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These data points can give perspective to the implications and potential impact of education policies. The Education Week library provides answers to these questions, and some other enlightening facts, below.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Six New Minors Added for 2019-20 | Illinois Wesleyan University

In addition to the more than 80 majors, minors, and programs already available to students, Illinois Wesleyan University is adding six new minors and concentrations for the 2019-20 academic year, inform Katie Fata, Vice President of Public Relations.

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Starting in the fall of 2019, students can declare themselves as any one of the following new minors:
Actuarial Science
Expanding on the math major and the newly added actuarial science concentration, the actuarial science minor gives students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the field through an interdisciplinary program.

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Music students do better in school than non-musical peers | Music - Science Daily

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study.

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

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School administrators needing to trim budgets often look first to music courses, because the general belief is that students who devote time to music rather than math, science and English, will underperform in those disciplines.

"Our research proved this belief wrong and found the more the students engage with music, the better they do in those subjects," said UBC education professor and the study's principal investigator, Peter Gouzouasis. "The students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher, but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers with regard to their English, mathematics and science skills, as measured by their exam grades, regardless of their socioeconomic background, ethnicity, prior learning in mathematics and English, and gender.".

Gouzouasis and his team examined data from all students in public schools in British Columbia who finished Grade 12 between 2012 and 2015... 

The researchers hope that their findings are brought to the attention of students, parents, teachers and administrative decision-makers in education, as many school districts over the years have emphasized numeracy and literacy at the cost of other areas of learning, particularly music.

Journal Reference:
1. Martin Guhn, Scott D. Emerson, Peter Gouzouasis. A population-level analysis of associations between school music participation and academic achievement.. Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019; DOI: 10.1037/edu0000376
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Are we running out of numbers? | Analysis -

What’s the biggest number you can think of? by Alex Hudson, Deputy Editor.

It may be the answer for everything but we don’t think it’s the highest number you can think of
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A billion? A trillion? A quadrillion? A sextillion? A tredecillion? A googol? A googolplex? 

There’s a schoolyard joke about infinity+1 being the largest number in existence. The problem is that infinity+1 still equals infinity. 

Infinityinfinity? Still infinity...

Graham’s number holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest specific integer used in a published mathematical proof. 

It is to solve a problem in Ramsey theory around an n-dimensional hypercube (if you even understand that tiny piece of the theory, you’re doing better than us).


Two new books will transform your everyday understanding of math | Books - Quartz

Ephrat Livni, writer and lawyer recommends, Perfectly smart adults feel intimidated by numbers and aren’t ashamed to say, “I hate math.” Two new books could help change that by making the dreaded topic relevant and accessible to naturalists, artsy types, the philosophically inclined, and committed calculators alike.

Barack Obama went full math in Brooklyn in 2013.

Both Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations, by Stephen Ornes, and Eight Lessons on Infinity: A Mathematical Adventure, by Haim Shapira, illuminate an old lesson your math teachers probably tried to convey when you were a kid: Math dominates our lives even while we try with all our might to ignore it.

As Ornes explains in the introduction, math art isn’t new. Since ancient times, humans have visualized math in creative works...

Creative works inspired by math
In Math Art, released in April, science writer Ornes examines creative works inspired by math. It’s an aesthetically pleasing book with a delightfully tactile cover and satisfyingly thick and glossy pages that make it as fun to flip through as a fashion magazine. Chapters are dedicated to different concepts like pi, the golden ratio, equations in nature, and hyperbolic geometry. All of which may sound scary to the uninitiated but gain appeal when illustrated through sculpture, crochet, and painting.

Grab a pencil
In Eight Lessons on Infinity—released in April—Shapira, an Israeli author and math, psychology, and philosophy professor, works with a related theme. He contends that math is fun and accessible and is determined to bring mathematical thinking to the masses. The fact that we choose to see ourselves as math types or art types is a mistake, Shapira argues, and his book shows that solving problems with numbers is an entry way to philosophical exploration.

Unlike Ornes’ book, Shapira’s text is chock-full of math problems he challenges the reader to solve, all with the goal of attempting to make sense of infinity (which can’t really be conceived by anyone). Shapira avoids frightening formulas, walking readers through the questions gently. It’s a funny, playful work, best read with a notebook and pencil nearby as he is not shy about making readers do the math.
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Recommended Reading
Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations

Eight Lessons on Infinity:
A Mathematical Adventure
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